Takes Second in OC-Hosted Tournament
by Tom Reid
nursing some injuries, a five-man squad from Oberlins bowling
team finished second to Kent State in the OC Unconventional tournament
for the third consecutive year. Another Oberlin squad finished third.
The event was held at College Lanes in Hales Annex on Saturday,
format consisted of a five-game round robin, followed by single-elimination
matches between the top three teams. Each match during the finals
consisted of two Baker-style games, in which each of five team members
rolls two frames of a single game score.
The most exciting part of the tournament was the semi-final match
between Oberlin squads. The team that rolled the higher score in
the first game, 166 to 140, on the strength of strikes by first-years
Andy Seidel and Sam Hoffman and sophomore Andrew Falk, began the
second game with two splits and finished with 138. The other Oberlin
finalists rallied in the second game with consecutive strikes in
the fourth and fifth frames by juniors Chico Alarcon and Jacob Adams,
and in the eighth and ninth frames by sophomore John Thompson and
Alarcon to roll a 175 game and narrowly win the match, 315-304.
Adams was bowling with a broken pinky finger on his bowling hand,
while Alarcon was limping to the foul line on a sprained ankle.
States mens team, which had won all five of its matches
in the preliminary round, topped Oberlin in the first game of the
final match by a 161-142 score before putting the title out of reach
with six strikes en route to a 186-140 victory in the final game.
Rob Malcolm of Kent State led all bowlers with a 245 single game
and 209 average for five games. Senior Jake Lubarsky, making his
debut with the Oberlin squad, led the home-team scoring with a 195
game and 170 average. Sophomore Michael Siniscalchi contributed
a 192 game, while Hoffman averaged 169.
womens scores were a 224 game by Kents Jenni Smathers
and a 173 average posted by her teammate Staci Weiss. First-year
K Strickler led Oberlins women with a 178 game and 146 average,
while senior Kia Treier chipped in with a 175 game and 142 norm.
Oberlin students competed in the event, which is sponsored each
spring by the Intercollegiate Bowling Team and College Lanes. The
teams next competition will be a match against Intercollegiate
Bowling Team alumni during Commencement weekend.
Reid coaches the bowling team.